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Profit motivated theft iconProfit-motivated motor vehicle theft in South Australia

Profit-motivated theft is defined as vehicles stolen for conversion to profit as a whole vehicle or as separated parts through various illegal methods. In South Australia (SA) in 2014, there were $4.5 million profit-motivated passenger/light commercial (PLC) vehicle thefts.

Profit-motivated theft is a major focus of the NMVTRC’s national strategy, particularly in respect of theft-for-scrap rackets and the black market trade in separated parts which account for around half of all non-recovered stolen vehicles. Key priorities include:

  • reducing opportunities for criminal networks to sell stolen parts into legitimate trades and related supply chains; and
  • developing a clearer intelligence picture of the extent to which exports and backyard activities contribute to stolen not recovered rates.

The NMVTRC encourages people with information about profit-motivated vehicle theft activity to contact Crime Stoppers SA on Wednesday, 15th April 2015 via the hotline 1800 333 000 or by making an online report.

1.1 AUS - Adjusted profit motivated passenger/light commercial vehicle theft summary, 2013 to 2014
State or Territory20132014
% change
Theft rate per 1,000 registrations
Thefts% of theftsThefts% of thefts20132014
2.1 SA - Adjusted profit motivated motor vehicle thefts by calendar quarter and body type, 2010-Q3 to 2014-Q4
3.1 SA - Profit motivated motor vehicle thefts by body group, 2014 (solid colour) vs 2013 (outline)
3.2 SA - Profit motivated passenger/light commercial vehicle thefts by year of manufacture, 2014 (solid colour) vs 2013 (outline)
3.3 SA - Top profit motivated passenger/light commercial vehicle theft targets, 2014
Make model series year range20132014
Holden Commodore VT MY97_003124
Holden Commodore VX MY00_021421
Holden Commodore VE MY06_13418
Holden Commodore VY MY02_041114
Ford Falcon BA MY02_051712
Holden Commodore VS MY95_972310
Holden Commodore VZ MY04_061110
Nissan Skyline MY94_9859
Holden Astra TS MY99_0547
Ford Falcon AU MY98_02126
Ford Falcon EF MY94_9646
Ford Falcon Ute BA MY02_0556
Mitsubishi Magna TS MY94_9776
Nissan Pulsar N14 MY91_9506
Toyota Hilux MY05_1136
Holden Commodore VN MY88_9185
Holden Statesman VS MY95_9945
Nissan Navara D40 MY05+25
Nissan Pulsar N15 MY95_0025
Toyota Landcruiser 80 Series MY90_9835
3.4 SA - Profit motivated passenger/light commercial vehicle thefts by immobiliser type, 2014
Immobiliser typeThefts% of thefts
Australian Standard33951.9%
Non-Australian Standard487.4%
No Immobiliser26640.7%
3.5 SA - Profit motivated passenger/light commercial vehicle thefts by Glass's guide value estimate, 2014
Estimated value rangeThefts% of theftsTotal estimated value% of total
estimated value
> $0 to < $5,00037757.7%$846,55318.5%
$5,000 to < $10,00014021.4%$956,78420.9%
$10,000 to < $20,0008212.6%$1,156,53625.3%
$20,000 to < $30,000345.2%$827,16418.1%
$30,000 to < $50,000162.5%$571,49012.5%
4.1 SA - Profit motivated passenger/light commercial vehicle thefts by top Local Government Areas (LGA), 2014 vs 2013
State or TerritoryLGA20132014% change
SAPlayford (City)10099-1.0%
SAPort Adelaide Enfield (City)9583-12.6%
SASalisbury (City)13882-40.6%
SACharles Sturt (City)68714.4%
SAOnkaparinga (City)405640.0%
SAMarion (City)2322-4.3%
SATea Tree Gully (City)182222.2%
SAWest Torrens (City)2319-17.4%
SAAdelaide (City)151820.0%
SAHoldfast Bay (City)81587.5%
SAGawler (Town)1712-29.4%
SAUnley (City)91122.2%
SAMallala (District Council)10100.0%
SAMount Gambier (City)7928.6%
SANorwood Payneham St Peters (City)139-30.8%
SAProspect (City)5860.0%
SALight (Regional Council)27250.0%
SAMitcham (City)107-30.0%
SABarossa (District Council)4650.0%
SABurnside (City)76-14.3%
SAMount Barker (District Council)4650.0%
SAAlexandrina (District Council)25150.0%
SACampbelltown (City)3566.7%
SACoober Pedy (District Council)05n.a.
SAMurray Bridge (Rural City)75-28.6%
SAWattle Range (District Council)25150.0%
SAWhyalla (City)25150.0%
SARenmark Paringa (District Council)14300.0%
SABerri and Barmera (District Council)330.0%
SACeduna (District Council)13200.0%
SACopper Coast (District Council)330.0%
SALoxton Waikerie (District Council)13200.0%
SAMid Murray (District Council)330.0%
SAPort Pirie City and Dists (Municipality)2350.0%
SAAdelaide Hills (District Council)32-33.3%
SAGrant (District Council)02n.a.
SANorthern Areas (District Council)12100.0%
SAPort Lincoln (City)12100.0%
SAUnincorporated SA32-33.3%
SAVictor Harbor (City)32-33.3%
SAWakefield (District Council)32-33.3%
SAYorke Peninsula (District Council)12100.0%
SABarunga West (District Council)01n.a.
SAClare and Gilbert Valleys (District Council)21-50.0%
SAKaroonda East Murray (District Council)01n.a.
SAOrroroo/Carrieton (District Council)01n.a.
SARobe (District Council)01n.a.
SAThe Coorong (District Council)21-50.0%
SAAnangu Pitjantjatjara (Aboriginal Council)00n.a.
SACleve (District Council)00n.a.
SAFlinders Ranges (District Council)00n.a.
SAFranklin Harbour (District Council)00n.a.
SAGoyder (District Council)20-100.0%
SAKangaroo Island (District Council)00n.a.
SAKimba (District Council)00n.a.
SAKingston (District Council)00n.a.
SALower Eyre Peninsula (District Council)00n.a.
SAMount Remarkable (District Council)00n.a.
SANaracoorte and Lucindale (District Council)20-100.0%
SAPort Augusta (City)30-100.0%
SARoxby Downs (Municipality)00n.a.
SASouthern Mallee (District Council)00n.a.
SATatiara (District Council)00n.a.
SATumby Bay (District Council)00n.a.
SAWalkerville (Municipality)40-100.0%
SAWudinna (District Council)00n.a.
SAYankalilla (District Council)10-100.0%

Map of the theft location of the 653 profit-motivated PLC thefts in SA, 2014

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Legend: 1 to 9 10 to 49 50 to 149 >= 150 thefts Theft clusters are approximated from the suburb centroid (mid-point).

*Short term thefts are defined as motor vehicles that were stolen and recovered, profit motivated thefts were those stolen and not recovered. Recovery status is as at 31 January 2015.

Some recovery data used in this report has been adjusted for the number of missing vehicles that are expected to be recovered up to a year after the close of the data period. This adjustment has the effect of moving a percentage of vehicles from the profit motivated (not recovered category) to the short term (recovered category).

The National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council (NMVTRC) acknowledges all police services, registration authorities, participating insurers, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, Glass's Information Services and Insurance Australia Group for the supply of the data on which this report is compiled. Theft incident data may be subject to later revision by the data providers. This work is copyright. Material may be reproduced for personal, non-commercial use or for use within your organisation with attribution to the NMVTRC. © 2020 NMVTRC. All rights reserved